Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What? Don't YOU nap this way?

With toys, books, and sleeping on the end of the bed? You know you have.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The other birdy...

I had to post this. This is a clear sign that she's inherited the "Price tongue." Fabled in song and story, the Price tongue is only visible when the owner is thinking, concentrating, lifting something, heavy, or just really ticked off. Rachel seems to be using hers to decide which way to run from her sister. If you listen carefully, you might be able to actually hear my husband rolling his eyes in the background, as I torture and twist yet another picture with my actions. He thinks they look a bit phony. He's a purist. I'm just having too much fun!

Some birdy on her bike.

Charlotte, playing in the backyard on her tricycle. I love those shirts. Speaking of birdies, a dove couple has been sitting on our back fence, scouting possible nest locations. I haven't seen them today. We're having such a hard time selling this place, getting rejected by doves would just add insult to injury.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Because it is better to look good than to feel good, dah-ling...

We carted ourselves to Blades today so that Grammy could give us a bit of a trim. This was our first official trip to "the chair," and we were such good girls! Now if we could only warm up to the chair that you potty in!

A favorite pastime....

Rachel and Charlotte both like to play with their "little guys (Little People and other small toys)" on the window ledge. Again, I've used Holly McCaig's actions.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Playing with photo actions....

In pursuit of better photos, I purchased a package of Photoshop actions from Holly McCaig. Wow. These are so fun. This is my first attempt. Sweet Madison!

Katherine is here!

My best friend Jen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Katherine yesterday! I'm so anxious to meet her. Go see!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

We call her "The Stacker"

...actually, we call her Mr. Monk. Rachel is a bit OCD (wants her hands wiped, has to touch things as she walks along). But she doesn't neccessarily have to line things up. Rather, she stacks them. So that's okay, right? Just nod your head and say, "right." It makes me feel better.

Be not a couch potato in our house! You'll soon find yourself buried under every toy Rachel owns! She's just keeping track, really.

I think.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

She found...

one of the Ellison shapes that fell out of my mountain of school stuff. We use the camera shapes to frame a snapshot of new students under their Introducing... writing piece. Charlotte proceeded to take MY picture with it.

Note that she found my ladybug chart stickers as well.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Charlotte will come up to me and say, "Mama...lissen Ma-ti?" This means she wants to listen to "Malti" on my iPod. So, we have a listen. I hold the bud away from her ear and turn the volume to non-Mama levels (I'm a bit of a blaster), and there it is:

"Malti" is a song by Dan Zanes and his band. They're a Playhouse Disney fixture, and a breath of fresh air in the world of children's music. I think he might be my favorite. Though Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town singing "I'm Glad" on Noggin is about the best thing ever.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


...brought you some dirt.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Playing with my camera....

Oh, hi Rachel! Wait...no...don't touch the ....awwww!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


...I'm supposed to be sorting through mountains of baby clothes for my yard sale on Saturday, but I've grown weary and lazy! Sooo.....That's right, girls--iPods firmly in hand. (Or the mp3 player of your choice, naturally). GO!

1. Rock This Town--Stray Cats
2. Walk--Pantera (that's right...you heard me. I have layers, people.)
3. Adelaide's Lament --Guys and Dolls
4. Gotta Get Away--The Offspring
5. Isn't She Lovely--Stevie Wonder
6. I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)--The Proclaimers (heaverin!)
7. I Cross My Heart--George Strait
8. Redneck Woman--Gretchen Wilson...well hello CMT! Honestly, I don't have a ton of country.
9. Show Me How to Live--Audioslave
10. You and I --Michael Buble (Donnie's love)
11. Rehab--Amy Winehouse ( I DIG her voice...wow)
12. Come on Eileen --Dexi's Midnight Runners
13. Reflections--Diana Ross and The Supremes (theme song to China Beach! Awesome.... )
14. Somebody--Depeche Mode (aww...it's like that one is just for Amy B!)
15. Solsbury Hill--Peter Gabriel
16. Glycerine--Bush (Gavin...*sigh* Gavin....)
17. Behind the Wheel --Depeche Mode (okay, maybe Amy is channeling through my iPod!)
18. An Innocent Man--Billy Joel
19. Never Going Back Again--Fleetwood Mac (all about Lindsay Buckingham moving on after Stevie Nicks...if you've never seen their concert The Dance, go rent it now! GO!)
20. Stay Awake --Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins....seriously...who doesn't love Mary Poppins? That one was for the girls. iTunes has LOADS of old Disney music--really obscure stuff, too. It's so cool!)

Okay....AND...let's pause a moment to examine what a dork I am. I have been fretting and fretting over this fancy new camera, thinking either I was doing something wrong or that it was already BROKEN, as it wouldn't auto-focus! Yeah, I didn't have the lens screwed on all the way. That would be good, don't you think? So here I am with my little silver guy, doing the requisite bathroom mirror portrait of the two of us:

I tried to do a natural light photo of myself by a window. Why, hello 33 years on my face! Wow. So there's apparently a downside to this fancy camera business!

ah yes, the more flattering (if not energy-efficient) glow of the yellow incandescent bulb

I need to get crackin' with some photoshop touch-ups! Speaking of which....did you see this???

Alright...I guess I should get back to work...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Today I am 33! I've gotten all kinds of sweet birthday wishes on blogs and ICQ, and I'm keepin' it low-key, celebration-wise. It's rare that Adrian and I can get to a movie, so that's what I wanted to do. We're going to see Harry Potter and have some In n' Out Burger! My folks got me all kinds of gifty cards to spend on new clothes for work, and I've gotten lots of cool stuff.


I got the camera that I wanted! It's a Canon Digital Rebel XTI, which is a departure from my normal "point and shoot" cameras. This one shoots faster, and is more like a 35mm camera, only digital. You can switch out lenses, and all of that good stuff. It's a big change for me, and I've been burying my nose in the manual. I've even signed up for an online photography class. I'm so excited!

I totally want one of these! I am SO happy that Monk and Psych are back! Wouldn't this look so cool on my desk? Alright, off to eat burgers and watch wizards.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Another photo from the Fourth

Mommy refuses to work out on national holidays. Rachel gets her arm curls in! Work it! Grrrrrr......

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Amy , Kelli, and Megan have already listed 20 of their favorite things, so here goes mine... 1. My mom's cooking
2. New magazines, cards, or movies in the mail
3. Naptime!
4. Sephora
5. Digital Scrapping and learning about photography
6. Giggly twins!
7. The quiet of being up earlier than most
8. Watching Daily Show and Colbert Report with my husband
9. Books
10. Walking through Target when it's quiet and sipping a Diet Coke.
11. The in-between seasons...do we even have those anymore?
12. Baseball games
13. Brownie sundaes
14. Reading trashy magazines at Barnes and Noble while dishing with the girls
15. Pizza Villa pizza
16. Going to the movies
17. New clothes
18. DVRs
19. Framed photos (which I'm currently having to hide!)
20. Reading everyone else's blog!

....and here's a layout I did today:

credits here

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Kind of a different page....

credits here

I really liked this photo, but didn't really know what to do with it. There are a lot of scrappers playing with more "grungy" elements, and I thought I'd give it a try. It's different.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

So that you can be crafty AND giving!

Okay, all of my crafty friends... Have you heard of this site yet?

This is the new July kit at Songbird Ave. and all proceeds go to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation! They have a new kit for a new cause every month, and they're always outstanding. Check them out!


...lovin' the ol' playhouse. AND the fact that it's not so flippin' hot outside. More photos later.

Monday, July 09, 2007

We can't seem to stop!

credits here

Donavan and I have been addicted to hopping around, doing all sorts of digi-challenges. This page is for a "ME" challenge, which I usually avoid like the plague! I'm not a big fan of scrapping myself, so it was indeed a challenge. I tried to be a little funkier than I usually am, and you get extra brownie points for using some of the hostess's products, so I've recycled the flowers that I've used in my banner. That's what's very cool about digiscrapping--you can keep re-using without re-purchasing...and no mess! I am getting a callous at the base of my hand from my keyboard tray. Kind of sad, really. Maybe I should go raise some kids or talk to my husband or something!

Oh...and I kind of stole the tagline from Amy's profile and used it on my journaling. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery, Amy! =)

Sunday, July 08, 2007

We love Auntie Vicki...and Play-Doh!

stamps by Meredith Fenwick

We got to go up to Lodi today to visit with our Auntie Vicki (Mom's cousin), and we had so much fun! She put out a splashy pool for us and all kinds of fun toys. She also got out the Play-Doh, and we loved it! I've been a little shy of it, as we're trying not to get into things that might be ground into the carpet of the house we're trying to sell. But maybe we'll start working on the patio table like we did today! I've been checking out their site to see what kind of fun stuff they have these days. I wanted the Fun Factory sooooooo badly. Time to live vicariously!

Vicki also sent us off with new books and animal crackers. We zonked in the van, but got right into the books when we woke up. AND we made short order of the crackers as soon as we got home! Thanks again!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

7-7-07...how much luckier can you get?

Today is Donnie's husband (and Adrian's best pal) Aarin's bday. We all call him Hipee ('hippy'). Well, everyone except Donavan. It's a throw-back to high school nicknames. Donavan got to have Michael Buble for her birthday, so what to get the man who is in love with all things Jeep???? Hmmmm.....

This just in...yogurt is awesome!

Well, it is if you're Charlotte and you get the extra-fancy, swirly Trix yogurt. Mommy has to settle for the 1 point Weight Watchers Yogurt with probiotics for digestion! It's also very good, but not nearly as fun. I should try smearing mine all over my face the next time I'm eating one at work.

credits here

Friday, July 06, 2007

A little hot for ya?

It's been a bit toasty in the big, steaming bowl of bad air we call The Central Valley. It's a bit muggy, or at least it was on the 4th. Therefore, all of the smoke that was cast into the air from the fireworks is hangin' low over our heads. It was quite overcast during my 6am jog this morning. Yes, Friends. I....am a JOGGER. I'm so very proud of myself. I should have someone take a picture, really. After being a longtime walker, I've taken the plunge into jogging. I've gotten many nice comments on Rachel's 4th of July video, so I thought it only fair to throw Charlotte's reaction into the mix.

And today, we look like this:

Our "glowing" faces are a testament to the climate in the computer room.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

They've got a hangover today...

Well, if toddlers could have hangovers. They are NOT in the best of moods, and I'm sure it's because we threw our schedule way off. Ah, well. It's all in the name of partying.

credits here

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Fun on the Fourth

Nothing like some alliteration in your title. So we had a low-key 4th at Grammy and Papa's, but it was very fun. This was really the first time we'd ever seen fireworks, so their reactions were the best part.

At first, Char wouldn't watch.

Then she watched.

Rachel, trying out our fancy glasses from the mall.

Rach watching with Grammy.

Char and Mom.

The Maestro.

Rachel reacting to a fountain. We're laughing so hard because it barely did anything. It was a dud.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!


frame from Bren Boone's Firecracker Kit

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Yep, another layout.

I'm having fun with our zoo photos.

Credits can be found here.

I also got this bathing suit today and it's actually not hideous on me! I don't quite look like this gal right here, but I suppose that's why she makes the big money.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Tomorrow is Tuesday, and I DON'T have jury duty!!

I am SO very glad. Not a big fan of the ol' Jury Duty. Yes, I know it's my civic responsibility and all of that good stuff, but I really didn't want to devote vacation time to serving on a jury! The last time I was summoned, I had to report (up until now, I've always had to). The jury pool was apparently very light and they had a murder case on the docket! They actually held a brief court session IN the jury room and swore us all in, as they were going to need each and every one of us. Then we all did the "this is why I can't serve" thing, and mine was actually approved! I had just had the girls, and had no child care on Fridays. The judge deferred to the defense attorney, and after a huge eye-roll, I was free!

So...I shall be spending my Tuesday with my girls. That's where I ought to be!

I'll leave you with another layout. Happy Tuesday!

Trying to Find Some Scrapbook Mojo!

credits can be found here

I just love this photo of my Rachel and wanted to scrap it. It just really IS her. I can't believe I caught that much-treasured expression on her face.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Proof that she really is Daddy's girl...

AND that Steve has way too much fun with Photoshop. She has the same squinty smile as her dad.